Sweet Cauliflower-Apple “Winter Detox” Soup

by Simla on February 27, 2011

This soup was another creation to manifest from one of my pantry experiments and it has quickly become a new favorite. I wanted to create a soup that was delicious, warming, easy. On top of that, my mission was to combine several vegetables that:

  1. are often overlooked or under-appreciated
  2. trigger a gentle yet robust detox response in the body
  3. are seasonally appropriate, for winter
  4. are ridiculously healthy
  5. are scrumptiously delicious

While it looks complicated because of the number of ingredients, I promise you it’ll be one of the easiest recipes you’ve ever prepared. You just throw it all into the largest pot you have and – voila! – delicious soup, enough to freeze extras for a busier, colder day!

Sweet Cauliflower-Apple “Winter Detox” Soup

Serves at least 8; great for freezing extras

Prep time: 20-25 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes; much less if using a pressure cooker (follow instructions specific to your brand of pressure cooker)


1 small cauli?ower, washed, green parts and stem removed, cut into large chunks
3 medium carrots, washed and chopped into chunks, with skin left on
1 small yam or sweet potato, scrubbed, with skin left on
2 large sweet red apples, any kind washed and quartered; leave skin on
1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 medium turnip, peeled and cut into large chunks
1/3 small kabocha squash, washed, with stem, seeds and stringy parts removed – you can
leave the peel on OR equivalent in butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
2 medium sweet yellow onions, peeled and quartered
2 Qt chicken or vegetable broth – about 8 cups
2-4 cups ?ltered water or more, based on desired consistency
a 4” piece of kombu (a.k.a. dried kelp, a type of seaweed)
6 large whole cloves of garlic, peeled
5 – 8 TBS of olive oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp nutmeg
sea salt and ground pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a very large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil with high heat. Reduce to medium-low and simmer until ingredients are tender.
  3. Blend (ideally using a hand blender) and enjoy!

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This recipe is shared with you courtesy of Simla Somturk Wickless, MBA, CHC, CNE, and founder of Delicious Health LLC, a health, nutrition, and lifestyle consultancy whose mission is to transform busy bodies into healthy, balanced beings (TM). Simla loves working with entrepreneurs and busy professionals to help them double their energy, tame their stress, and live an intensely pleasurable life. Learn more  at www.EnjoyDeliciousHealth.com or www.DeliciousHealthBlog.com.

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